Have Devaluations Made Credit Card Points More Valuable?

June 22, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Both 2013 and 2014 have seen a trend in loyalty program devaluations. Hilton kicked off the devaluation parade in early 2013, followed by Delta and United over the past several months. Even Southwest devalued their Rapid Rewards program […]

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Standby Rules and Strategies for International Flights

June 11, 2014

What can you do if you need to take an earlier flight to get to your destination on time? Can you switch from an international connecting flight to a non-stop to your destination? Standby rules are pretty clear for domestic flights, but can get murky when traveling internationally. Read on to learn more about the policies of major […]

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3X JetBlue Points, Bonus for LA Marriott Sunday Stays & More

June 7, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder — Week Four Daily Getaway Deals Start June 9: This coming week the Daily Getaways for June 9-13 will be unveiled daily at 1 pm EDT, and will be available to any US resident age 18 or older to purchase throughout the promotion period until the limited inventory is […]

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Delta Adds More Comfort to Transcontinental Economy Comfort

June 4, 2014

Delta announced today that their Economy Comfort product on all premium transcontinental routes (JFK to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle) will enjoy new benefits that will hopefully take the sting out of turning right upon boarding the plane. In addition to the existing perks of 50% more recline and leg room, priority boarding and free beer, […]

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Win 1 Million Airline Miles, Trips to Portugal, Paris & More

June 4, 2014

Here are my top picks for travel contests circulating the web this week. Join to Win One Million Airline Miles: You could win one million airline miles by registering for the contest here and then joining You can only enter if you are not already a registered user of, and you must be a legal resident […]

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Mileage Run Deal: New York and LA to Asia via Europe ~ $130

May 22, 2014

Mileage runs can be a funny thing. To some people it’s worth flying 48 hours straight in coach to rack up tens of thousands of extra miles for a few hundred dollars, while other folks do everything they can to avoid setting foot on a plane. Whether or not a deal is worth it to […]

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Is the Amex Centurion Card Worth The $2,500 Annual Fee?

May 22, 2014

With all the recent changes to the American Express Platinum Card, including the loss of American Admirals Club and US Airways Club access in March, and restrictions on Delta SkyClub access to the cardholder only (no guests) starting May 1, premium Amex cardholders might be looking for a new product. Some of you may even be considering Amex’s highly-touted […]

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How to Use Virgin Atlantic Miles Without Fuel Surcharges

May 21, 2014

TPG Contributor Jason Steele returns to tell us how to take advantage of Virgin Atlantic miles without getting hit with huge fuel surcharges and fees The American Express Membership Rewards program is offering a 30% bonus on points transfers to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club program through May 31. While this could be a terrific […]

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Increased Signup Bonuses for Dining Rewards Programs

May 20, 2014

Dining rewards programs are an easy way to double dip on earning miles and points. You can use a points or miles earning credit card to front the bill, and link that card to your airline or hotel dining program of choice in order to earn even more points per dollar for dining out. Delta was the […]

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Flight Review: Delta BusinessElite Newark – Paris

May 20, 2014

Last month a few friends and I decided to take a trip to France in May. My prime motivation was to get to the Cannes Film Festival with them, but I also had some Delta SkyMiles burning a hole in my account that I wanted to put to use on a great award before the […]

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Should I Accept An American Airlines Platinum Status Match?

May 18, 2014

The Pacific Northwest is the place to be based these days. Flyers in Seattle and Portland have been benefiting from the battle between partners-turned-rivals Delta and Alaska, and it looks like American is muscling in on the territory now as well. Portland-based TPG reader Edwin got a targeted offer from American this week, and Tweeted me […]

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Travel Giveaway: $440 Airline Gift Certificate

May 15, 2014

Yesterday I wrote about the newest product from Barclaycard called the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard which replaces the Arrival World MasterCard. The new card has the same features as its predecessor, plus a few added and extended benefits to make the new card even more attractive. The card features the EMV Chip + PIN technology that […]

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Why I Can’t Fully Quit Delta: My Positive Experience Upgrading With SkyMiles

May 15, 2014

If you’re a regular TPG reader, you already know that I dumped Delta in a blaze of glory…but just last week I found myself slinking back for a one-way flight from Seattle to New York’s JFK, lured by the thought of an upgrade to the carrier’s hard-to-beat BusinessElite on its 757-200s. Even though it didn’t have […]

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Travel Sweepstakes Roundup: Win Trips to Asia, Colorado, Sing with Shania Twain In Las Vegas & More

May 14, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are some of TPG’s top picks to win some great travel prizes! Win A Trip To Asia: Macy’s has partnered with Delta to honor Asian Heritage Month by sponsoring a prize trip to one of the following destinations: […]

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Giving the Wedding Gift of Miles – Registries, Transfers, Upgrades, and More

May 12, 2014

Spring has sprung, and that means wedding season is here! If you have weddings to attend, points and miles make great gift options for those wanting to contribute to the honeymoon. We asked TPG reader Lori Zaino to show us how it’s done. Giving the gift of travel to newlyweds has become much more popular […]

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Get the Delta Suntrust Debit Card Before It’s Too Late

May 8, 2014

Back in the day there were many miles-earning debit card options, but they have been drying up as of late. We have heard some rumors that Delta Suntrust Debit Card was going away, and it looks like that is the case. TPG Reader Daryl sent us the following email: “I just learned (about 5-minutes ago) from my […]

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Do You Love or Hate Delta’s New SkyClub Guest Policies?

May 5, 2014

I saw a friend post on Facebook today that while in the Newark United Club they made an announcement that the club was at max capacity and for everyone to free up whatever chairs they could. Personally I haven’t been lounge hopping too much lately- I’m always cutting it close to departure time because I […]

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How to Earn and Use Points For Broadway Show Tickets

May 5, 2014

Going to the theatre can cost an arm and a leg, but if you’re going to shell out you might as well maximize the miles and points that you earn. If you’re flexible, saving money by purchasing tickets on the day of the show via NYC’ TKTS booths (or by joining TDF, the parent company […]

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Can You Earn Qualifying Miles On An Airline Ticket When You Also Use A Companion Pass?

April 27, 2014

This week we wrote about 11 different airline and hotel co-branded credit card anniversary perks that far outweigh their annual fees. One of these perks is the Annual Companion Certificate that comes with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles American Express, whereby if you purchase one economy ticket (in L, U, T, X or V fare classes) for a roundtrip […]

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The Top Airline and Hotel Credit Cards With Anniversary Bonuses

April 24, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked the most is, how to decide when to cancel a credit card. This comes up a lot because many of the best points-earning travel credit cards carry annual fees ranging anywhere from $49-$495. That’s why, every year when it’s about to hit their statement, readers write in asking whether […]

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Up To 25,000 Bonus Points For Delta SkyBonus Business Referrals

April 23, 2014

Delta SkyBonus, the airline’s business rewards program, is offering referral bonuses between now and April 30 where companies can earn 5,000 bonus points per referral up to 25,000 bonus points for sending other companies their way. When your referral joins SkyBonus by April 30 and an employee flies by June 30, both companies – referrer […]

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The State of Lie-Flat Business Class on American Carriers

April 23, 2014

Seems like there’s a sense of change in the proverbial air over at Delta: in advance of the airline’s introduction on July 1, 2014 of new BusinessElite and Economy seats aboard its 757-200s for JFK-LAX routes, the airline announced today that they’ve just completed updates to the BusinessElite cabins on their A330-200/300s, Boeing 767-300ERs and 400ERs, 747-400s […]

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Join A Dining Rewards Program for Bonus Miles + Current Sign-Up Bonuses

April 22, 2014

Dining rewards programs are a great way to double dip on earning miles and points by using a points-earning credit card to pay for meals while also linking it to your airline or hotel program of choice and earn multiple points or miles per dollar on top of that. When you sign-up a new card […]

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Reminder: Book Delta Awards For Pre-June 1 Travel Before Redemption Rates Go Up

April 21, 2014

Last August, Delta announced some major changes to its award chart (read: devaluation) that would go into effect for travel on or after June 1. Then in November, the airline actually announced several more devaluations that went into effect in February. The thing to keep in mind here is that, unlike other devaluations where you […]

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